On today’s episode of The Taz Show, Taz will discuss the iconic matchup between Randy “Macho Man” Savage and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat from WrestleMania 3.
Taz mentions that most of the buildup for WrestleMania 3 revolved around the huge matchup between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant. This match made up most of WWE’s promotional effort for this event, and the moment when Hogan slammed Andre has gone down as one of the greatest moments in wrestling history.
What was lost in the shuffle of the Hogan/Andre madness, was one of the greatest in-ring performances by two men that the world had ever seen at this point. Savage and Steamboat put on a technical clinic and paved the way for a generation of in-ring technicians who would be inspired by this bout, and who’d go on to pursue a career in the business because of it.
Over the years Taz has heard some people say that they feel that this match was overrated. He mentions that he watched it live in 1987 and remembers it being heads above everything else on the card, so he’s interested in re-watching it now 31 years later to see if he feels the same way today.
Taz points out that Randy Savage was a great heel early on in his career, but he was so good on the mic and in the ring that he gradually turned babyface simply due to the fans refusing to hate him. This is one of the first instances of a heel becoming a “cool heel” in Taz’s opinion, and we’d later see this from the nWo and other heels during the attitude era.